This programme combines the scientific study of human cognition with the application of cognitive science to broader societal concerns.
Students focus on core methodologies and theories of cognitive science, but also explore the synergy between cognitive science and its applications. This unifies forms of scholarly activity that are often pursued independently.
You will develop the skills to embark on your own research project and will learn how to communicate research, so if you are interested in developing a research career or in working within science communication, this programme will provide an excellent foundation.
Students who have well-developed written and oral communication skills will be encouraged to take on placement projects for knowledge exchange. Other students may choose to pursue scientific research that has implications for the broader society but aimed primarily at an academic audience.
Completion of the programme would provide the foundations of a research doctoral training programme, or a career in applied research or in science writing for the general public or non-academic professionals.
This programme comprises two semesters of taught courses, followed by a dissertation.
The taught component consists of a number of courses that are based around lectures, tutorials or small group seminars, and are assessed by oral presentations, essay or exam.
Option courses may include:
The dissertation work, based on original research, is completed under the supervision of a member of staff with related research interests.
The MSc in Cognition in Science and Society aims to:
This programme is intended for those who wish to pursue advanced research in human cognition in science and society. It may also be useful for those who wish to work in science communication.
Visit the Cognition in Science and Society - MSc page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!